There is a battle raging in the NBA right now, but not one you might expect.
Near the bottom of the standings, teams battle for a better draft position in a race for the No.1 pick overall.
Here are some of the top contenders for the coveted picks near the top of the 2022 NBA Draft:
1. Magic of Orlando, 7-35
Without a win in their last 10 games, Orlando is starting to stand out from the rest of the field.
The Magic have seen few bright spots lately, three full games ahead of the next worst team.
They will certainly compete for the top pick in the overall standings and could very well end up with the best draft chances.
2. Detroit Pistons, 9-31
Detroit have struggled for a draft position all season, but recently had a handful of wins.
After going from cold to hot, first overall pick Cade Cunningham is now on fire, leading to a 4-6 record in the last 10 games.
Either way, the Pistons won’t hear many names until theirs in June.
3. Houston Rockets, 12-31
More than likely a big seller by the trade deadline, Houston is currently sitting in a strong position.
Unloading a few veterans could keep them well ahead of the pack, and with Detroit’s uptrend, they could drop quickly.
The Rockets will continue to develop their young players in order to be added soon.
4. Oklahoma City Thunder, 13-27
Despite going 2-8 in their last 10 games, OKC is still a passing threat every night.
And with teams like the Pacers and Blazers joining the battle for a better draft position, it will be interesting to see if the Thunder can maintain their position.
They’ve got some veterans to unload, but might need more than that with star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
5. Indiana Pacers, 15-27
A surprise seller this season, Indiana has found its way to this list with speed.
With nearly few goalies on an already mediocre roster, the Pacers may soon be hitting the eject button.
Of all the teams to watch, Indiana tops the list.
6. New Orleans Pelicans, 15-26
7. San Antonio Spurs, 15-26
8. Sacramento Kings, 17-27
9. Portland Pioneers, 16-24
10. Atlanta Hawks, 17-23
11. Minnesota Timberwolves, 20-21
12. New York Knicks, 21-21
13. Boston Celtics, 21-21
14. Los Angeles Lakers, 21-21
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